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Is Now the Right Time to Buy Your First Home?

There are millions of potential U.S. homebuyers sitting on the sidelines wondering if it is smart to buy their first house in the midst of a global pandemic. Unemployment is the highest it's ever been, COVID-19 cases are still rising in many places, and home prices remain steep. And yet, great opportunities can often arise in the middle of economic turmoil. This may be a great time to become a first-time homebuyer. Timeframe One of the biggest concerns right now for many first-timers is whether the housing market will hold its value or if we’re in for a big crash as the coronav...

September 23rd, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, First-time Homebuyers, Is Now the Right Time to Buy Your First Home?

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How the New Fed Policy Will Affect Your Mortgage Rates

The U.S. Federal Reserve recently announced its new approach to monetary policy, setting the markets abuzz with rumors. Will mortgage interest rates remain low? Will they jump? Here’s what the Fed’s policy means for mortgage loans. Fed Policy: More Job Focus, Less Inflation Concern Historically, the Fed has had two main goals. The first has been to encourage strong employment rates while the second has been to keep the national inflation rate around 2%. On average, the Fed has been fairly successful in its aims. Of course, there have been exceptions, like the recession of 200...

September 16th, 2020 | Interest Rates, Fixed Rate Mortgages, How the New Fed Policy Will Affect Your Mortgage Rates

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The Little-known Mortgage That Doesn’t Require a Down Payment

A conventional mortgage loan requires a 20% down payment. If you are a first-time homebuyer however, saving up tens of thousands of dollars can seem like an impossible task. Of course, there are loan programs, like FHA mortgages, that allow for low down payments, but they often have stricter requirements. For some of those programs, you may have to pay higher interest rates, have better credit scores, or pay higher mortgage insurance fees.  Fortunately, there is a little-known mortgage loan that requires no down payment and minimal fees: the USDA loan. USDA Loan Defined These are mo...

September 9th, 2020 | Government Loans, USDA Loans, The Little-known Mortgage That Doesn’t Require a Down Payment

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Why a Mortgage is Good Debt

In today’s coronavirus-crisis economy, many Americans may be regretting taking on debt in the past or facing new debt to cover expenses during unemployment. And yet millions of consumers continue to apply for mortgages for home purchases, one of the largest debts most people will ever assume. The reason for this is that some debt is actually considered “good debt.” Here’s how to tell the difference between good and bad debt and why mortgage loans fall under that category. Good Debt There are several crucial factors that determine good debt. First, the financing is...

September 2nd, 2020 | Mortgage, Debt, Why a Mortgage is Good Debt

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Should I Refinance into a 15-year Mortgage Now?

Mortgage interest rates are at all-time lows right now. It’s obviously a great time to refinance for lower rates and payments. Perhaps you are interested in paying off your mortgage loan faster though. Is refinancing into a shorter loan a good idea right now too? Interest Savings A 15-year fixed rate home loan is a popular option for borrowers looking to be mortgage-free sooner. These shorter loans come with even lower interest rates than 30-year mortgages, allowing homeowners to save thousands in interest. For example, for a borrower with a home valued at $300,000 with a 20% down ...

August 26th, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, Should I Refinance into a 15-year Mortgage Now?

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How Bad Is It to Miss a Mortgage Payment?

No one signs a mortgage contract thinking they won’t be able to keep up with the payments. And yet life sometimes throws us curveballs. The recent coronavirus crisis, for example, has sent millions into unemployment and a state of financial uncertainty. If an emergency hits and you are short on cash, how bad is it to miss a mortgage payment? What Does ‘Late’ Mean? For most home loans, the payment is typically due on the first of the month. Most mortgage servicing companies will give borrowers a grace period, with the final pay date of the 16th before penalties...

August 20th, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, How Bad Is It to Miss a Mortgage Payment?

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